Multiple injuries in the same body hemisphere are generally tied to each other.  For example, when you try to run, cut and stop with a bad ankle, you compensate with other parts of your body.  If your shoulder hurts, you start lifting more with your back.  In Rose’s case, he had bleeding in his groin.  He wasn’t 100%.  Without the medical evidence, I could never scientifically correlate the two, but I’d bet the farm Derrick Rose knowingly or unwittingly put undue pressure on other parts of his legs to compensate for his injury.

And here is one cold, hard fact: there is absolutely, postiviely, no chance this accelerated, 66-game NBA schedule helped Derrick Rose avoid injury, or recuperate from one.

Unfortunately, as I tweeted above, the damage is potentially ongoing and untold. You have no idea which players are putting wear and tear on their bodies, or how that extra activity will manifest itself in the future.  The assumption is Derrick Rose, with the help of advanced medicine and physical therapy, will come back at 100% from this devastating knee injury, but bodies don’t respond the same way.  Just because some athletes have done it doesn’t mean they all will. 

Is there a chance Derrick Rose will never return to the level he was at before this season?  Is there a chance he does recover 100%, but that this injury limits the longevity of his career?

When the NBA released this patently absurd schedule, they made 2 statements irrefutably clear:

  1. We need to make back the money we just lost by canceling a month’s worth of games
  2. We don’t care whether the basketball games our fans pay for, with money, time and passion, are at their best.

The league crammed games into the season they had left, and increased the likelihood of serious injury to its players.  Jeremy Lin, Derrick Rose, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Kobe Bryant, among others - the list of NBA injuries is long and impressive.  Other coaches compensated by resting players, so when you paid your hard earned paycheck to attend a game at your local arena, you were robbed of your opportunity to see you favorite player, or favorite team at full strength.

We’re all to blame.  We all tuned in for the games.  We watched the commercials.  We bought the jerseys.  We paid for the tickets.  We gave this league money.  I believe in consumer advocacy.  I believe in our strength to decide the fate of companies.  Bill Gates might be a billionaire, but if we decided as women and men to stop buying Microsoft software, we could bring Bill Gates to his knees.

We had the chance to financially punish David Stern and the billionaire NBA owners for their shortsighted greed, but instead, we were busy tweeting about games, watching highlights on YouTube, and giving the profits from our honest livings to a game we love.

Chalk this up as a lesson learned.